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Chelsea FC Women star Fran Kirby has been backed to win the next Ballon d’Or.
Alex Scott wrote in The Sun: “She has helped fire the Blues into the Champions League quarter-finals, with their first-leg clash against Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
“The former Reading ace is also on track to star for Team GB and England at next year’s home Euros.
“I remember her first England call-up under Mark Sampson and it was no surprise she was dubbed the “mini Messi” during her first World Cup, aged 21, in 2015.
“An in-form Kirby could be the difference in England finally ending years of hurt, having NEVER lifted a major trophy.
“In my eyes, there is no doubt she should win the next Ballon d’Or. I watched her against Everton on Wednesday and she was the bright spark.
“Manager Hayes is desperate to end Chelsea’s Champions League trophy drought.
“And in my eyes, Kirby can be the one to finally make it happen this year.”